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The Bleeding House

Meet the Smiths—a family full of secrets who keep to themselves on a back road outside a small Midwestern town. In this visceral, tightly wound horror/thriller, their lives are shaken when a sweet-talking Texan arrives on their doorstep on a mission for retribution. Will he succeed in his goal to bleed them of their sins, or will the family’s haunted past prove to be even more deadly than he bargained for?

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[Tribeca '14] Blood-Sucking Chupacabra Gets 'Indigenous' (Trailer)

There’s a whole lotta creature in this festival trailer for Alastair Orr’s Indigenous, an indie film about a blood-sucking Chupacabra!

Screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, the footage looks similar to say Neil Marshall’s The Descent, only in the middle of a jungle. It looks pretty cool, no?

A group of five American friends on the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a local woman in their hotel bar—and despite some ominous whispers—she goes against the specific instructions of her brother and brings the Americans on a day trip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking them.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] Family Fights for 'Preservation' in Even More New Images!

Screening as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s Midnight sections, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City, we were just provided with new images from Preservation.

Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with whats’s said to be a finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire,” “Orange is the New Black”), Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”), and Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] 'Canal' Festival One-Sheet Reflects Horror

Ivan Kavanagh comes out of Ireland with his Canal, set to world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

Bloody Disgusting now has the official festival one-sheet from the pic about, “Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder

David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.

Also check out the trailer at the bottom of the page. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] 'Canal' Trailer Haunted By A Shadowy Figure!

Ivan Kavanagh comes out of Ireland with his Canal, set to world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

Bloody Disgusting landed a crazy suspenseful trailer for the pic about, “Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder

David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] 'Canal' Images Tell Visceral Irish Ghost Story

Ivan Kavanagh comes out of Ireland with his Canal, set to world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

Bloody Disgusting landed new imagery from the pic about, “Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder

David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] Family Fights for 'Preservation' in New Images!

Screening as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s Midnight sections, taking place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City, we were just provided with new images from Preservation.

Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with whats’s said to be a finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber (“The Wire,” “Orange is the New Black”), Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”), and Wrenn Schmidt (“Boardwalk Empire”).

Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other, but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] Blood-Sucking Chupacabra Gets 'Indigenous'

Probably the most intriguing film screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is Indigenous, Alastair Orr’s indie film about a blood-sucking Chupacabra!

Bloody Disgusting did some digging and came up with two brand new images that head deep into the jungle.

A group of five American friends on the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a local woman in their hotel bar—and despite some ominous whispers—she goes against the specific instructions of her brother and brings the Americans on a day trip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking them.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] Quirky Trailer for Vamp Flick 'Summer of Blood'

Check out this comical and quirky trailer for Summer of Blood, playing as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s World Narrative film selection.

Directed and written by Onur Tukel, “Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature mid-life crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems like this loveable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can only be cured by one thing…blood.

Onur Tukel also stars in this dark comedy about love, lust, and humanity. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] New 'Der Samurai' Stills, Poster and Trailer Leave Mess of Blood!

Part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival line up is Till Kleinert’s German horror Der Samurai.

Joining a few previously released images, we now have a full gallery, along with a German poster and trailer. The trailer is subbed in English, too!

A samurai-wielding figure wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads roll with each stroke of his sword. Dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront his own carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress.

The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] Here's One of the 'Zombeavers' in Action!!

The Tribeca Film Festival announced last week its feature film selections in the Midnight Screenings sections.

Already revealed is Zombeavers, which is a straight-faced horror comedy that’s NOT like Sharknado.

Directed by Jordan Rubin, Zombeavers follows a rampage of killer beavers hunting college students. Check out a brand new, clean look at one of the film’s creatures! READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] 'Summer of Blood' Images

Playing as part of Tribeca Film Festival’s World Narrative film selections is Summer of Blood, directed and written by Onur Tukel.

Set to World Premiere, “Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature mid-life crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems like this loveable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway. The next day, Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can only be cured by one thing…blood.

Onur Tukel also stars in this dark comedy about love, lust, and humanity. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] 'Der Samurai' Still Leaves a Mess of Blood!

Part of this years Tribeca Film Festival line up is Till Kleinert’s German horror Der Samurai.

While we already shared one pic, we have a really bloody new still that we’re excited to debut.

A samurai-wielding figure wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads roll with each stroke of his sword. Dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes increasingly powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront his own carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress.

The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] 'Zombeavers' Images Build a Dam of Gore!

The Tribeca Film Festival announced last week its feature film selections in the Midnight Screenings sections.

One of said films is the crazy hyped Zombeavers, which is a straight-faced horror comedy that’s NOT like Sharknado.

Directed by Jordan Rubin, Zombeavers follows a rampage of killer beavers hunting college students. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '14] Midnight Titles Include 'Zombeavers,' 'Preservation,' 'Extraterrestrial' and More!

The Tribeca Film Festival today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections, as well as the selections for the Storyscapes program. The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City.

What do alien invaders and chupacabras have in common with a sword-wielding maniac and the ghost of a turn-of-the-century murderer? They can all be found in Tribeca’s 2014 Midnight program, a collection of this year’s most boundary-pushing genre films from around the globe. Opening Night selection, Preservation, is a moody, intelligent take on the maniac in the woods genre, and an apt foreshadowing of the slew of inhuman baddies that emerge from the darkness to terrify sexed-up teens in Extraterrestrial, Indigenous, and sure-to-be-a-conversation-piece special screening, Zombeavers. Meanwhile, a rookie cop takes on his deranged doppelganger in bizarre German horror-cum-arthouse film, Der Samurai, while the conflict takes a team turn in Intramural, a wacky romp about an underdog flag football team that riffs on classic sports movies with a cartoonish comedic sensibility. Too terrifying, strange, or downright hilarious for daylight hours, these seven films wear their Midnight Movie moniker with pride. READ MORE

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[Tribeca '13] 'Summer of Blood' Set to Relieve Stomach Pains!

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival today announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections, along with selections for the out-of-competition Viewpoints section which highlights unique, personal stories and diverse filmmakers in international and American independent cinema. Forty seven of the 87 feature-length films were announced as part of the 13th edition of the Festival, which will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City.

While we wait for the Midnight titles to be announced, the first genre film to play is Summer of Blood, directed and written by Onur Tukel. READ MORE

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[BD Review] 'A Night in the Woods' Is Yet Another Copycat

Remember when The Blair Witch Project was released? Remember how it brought found footage to the mainstream and was pretty scary? Well, that was almost 15 years ago, and for some reason, filmmakers still think this narrative works. Such is the case with A Night in the Woods.

A Night in the Woods follows Kerry and her boyfriend Brody as they go camping in the woods. Kerry decides to bring her “cousin” Leo along with them. They stop at a pub, hear a local tale about an entity in the woods that carves crosses into people’s foreheads and kills them, and then set off on their trip. Of course, Brody has to film this entire experience – something that Leo questions about thirty minutes into the film. (I had already been questioning it way before this.) And, of course, Leo is not Kerry’s cousin, but her former lover because bringing along an ex lover that you still have a thing for is always the right decision when going camping in the woods where a supposed killer of sinners resides.

In other words, A Night in the Woods is another jumbled mess of a “horror” film.

The fault lies in almost every aspect of the film, too. First, found footage is overused – and from what is new that is coming out in this format – it is deader than dead. I feel I’ve been repeating this in every review I’ve written lately. But would A Night in the Woods have benefited from just a point and shoot perspective? The answer, obviously, is no. Why? Well, the script is so clichéd that there was no hope for it to begin with. I honestly hate having to rip apart films, but when there is no pure effort shown, I can’t forgive it.

A Night in the Woods relies on what was shown to be effective in The Blair Witch Project. But, filmmakers, let me reiterate – it was 15 years ago. Copycatting is no longer worth it. Having a film about a group of young people in the woods with a supernatural entity that may or may not be present, due to the fact that we throw in a bit of conflict and claustrophobia to question it, is not original – and yet we continue to see it over and over again.

While some positivity could be applied to the fact that little gore is relied upon, the “scares” present are ineffective. The actors work with the script they are given. It is a shame to see Scoot McNairy, who gave a great performance in Monsters, as one dimensional Brody. Setting the film in the remote woods of England, with the initial warning of the townsfolk in the pub, only has one longing for the few minutes on the moors in An American Werewolf in London. Unfortunately, the subtlety of A Night in the Woods is not beneficial. Too many flaws leaves it simply as a less than mediocre story.

A Night in the Woods is available on demand September 24th, 2013 and in theatres in New York and San Diego October, 24th, 2013.

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[Tribeca '13] Belated Review For Gory and Fun 'Fresh Meat'

Here’s a belated review for Danny Mulheron’s Fresh Meat, which premiered at the festival last month.

Evan Dickson chimes in with his mixed thoughts: “Fresh Meat is a good deal of fun. The gore is heavy and prevalent, but so day-glo happy that it never becomes truly disturbing” he explains. “It’s a loose, ramshackle film that might grow tiresome in spots, but if you can latch onto and invest yourself in Tevita’s character you’ll zero in on a satisfying coming of age story.

Click the title for the review.

Starring Temuera Morrison, Nicola Kawana and Hanna Tevita, “After a poorly executed escape from the police, a gang of dysfunctional criminals flees to the suburbs and gets more than it bargained for when it crash lands in the garage of an upper-class Maori family whose refined palates have developed a taste for human flesh. This action-packed horror comedy tells a blood-spattered tale of basement butchery and shifting allegiances as these unlikely adversaries enter a deadly showdown.“

[BD Review] 'Fresh Meat' Overstuffs Its Narrative But Still Satisfies

Fresh Meat could have been a disaster. Hell, in some ways it is a disaster. But the film pulls off a minor miracle by achieving a sustainable sense of fun throughout its runtime. While the narrative often gets caught up in its own repetitious cycle and bogged down by first-draft one liners (those clunky exchanges that seek to remind you of the cleverness of its conceit at every turn), it has an admirable sense of character – even if it doesn’t always know what to do with it.

Hanna Tevita (in her debut performance) knocks it out of the park as Rina Crane, a budding lesbian away at college who returns home to find that her family has converted to cannibalism in an effort to gain their patriarch (Temuera Morrison) the powers of immortality. This reunion (and accompanying strife) is cut short when a band of escaped criminals seek refuge in their garage and, ultimately, their house. It’s here that Fresh Meat turns into something of a home invasion movie, a detour it sticks with for the entirety of its 2nd act before placing its focus back on the family in the 3rd.

The criminals themselves are impressively distinctive as well, most notably Kate Elliott’s Gigi and Leand Macadaan’s Ritchie (who spends much of the film in a bra and panties after surfing a severe bite on his penis). But once the four criminals decide to split up, each taking their own hostage from the family to different areas of the house, the film sputters. Each family member’s personality (and conflict) has already been established. We know that Morrison’s Hemi is jealous of the success of his wife, Margaret (Nicola Kawana). We know that he thinks he’s immortal. We know that little brother Glenn (Kahn West) hasn’t formed his own identity or moral compass yet. But we get to hear all of this all over again (and experience the same jokes all over again) once the family is forced to bounce off their assailants instead of each other.

Thankfully, the tables are fairly easily turned and the interpersonal dynamics of the Crane Family are allowed to take center stage and escalate during the film’s 3rd act. This is the kind of move that usually doesn’t work, but here it does. And it’s because Fresh Meat is willing to let its characters finally break out of their cutesy mold and become an actual threat to one another. Suddenly we’re in territory where I actually can’t predict what’s right around the corner, which makes for an entertaining and engaging climax. It’s a surprisingly bloody, chaotic blast that veers into some mean-spirited territory without losing the film’s playful tone.

Ultimately, Fresh Meat is a good deal of fun. The gore is heavy and prevalent, but so day-glo happy that it never becomes truly disturbing. It’s a loose, ramshackle film that might grow tiresome in spots, but if you can latch onto and invest yourself in Tevita’s character you’ll zero in on a satisfying coming of age story.

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[Tribeca '13] Get Cornered In This 'Mr. Jones' Clip!

Karl Mueller (writer of Xavier Gens’ The Divide) makes his directorial debut with Mr. Jones, a midnight selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film premieres tonight, but as we reported yesterday Anchor Bay swooped in early and picked up all the North American rights to the film. Now we have a clip from the film which finds our two protagonists cornered by… something.

In the film, “Scott and Penny just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. Their only neighbor for miles is a strange hermit who only comes out at night, under the shroud of darkness. As Scott and Penny get deeper into his world, they start to suspect that this man is actually an infamous artist known only as “Mr. Jones,” and they’ve stumbled across an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to document his bizarre existence.

But this is only the beginning. When Scott and Penny delve too deeply into Mr. Jones’ existence, everything around them turns in on itself, and their only escape is through the realm of their own nightmares…READ MORE

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[Tribeca '13] First Clip From 'The Machine' Sliced Open!

The Machine will be world premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. The film, directed and written by Caradog James (Little White Lies), looks like an intriguing dystopian riff on Frankenstein. We shared some stills the other day and now we have a clip (via Yahoo) that unveils the Machine itself with a surgical razor.

With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain’s Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’- an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.” Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine and Pooneh Hajimohammadi all star.

Content Media is handling sales at the fest. Head inside for the clip and some new stills! READ MORE

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[Tribeca '13] Poster For 'Frankenstein's Army' Not For Panzers

Dark Sky is set to U.S. Premiere Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein’s Army tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival, and we’ve got a first look at the poster for the film starring Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse, Robert Gwilym, Alexander Mercury, Luke Newberry and Hon Ping Tang.

This look at the poster is a little rough, we’ll be sure to update when we’ve got a high-rez version.

In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory.

Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover that a mad scientist (Hellboy’s Karel Roden) conducts experiments to fuse flesh and steel, creating an unstoppable army of undead soldiers. Leaderless and faced with dissention amongst their dwindling ranks, they must find the courage to face down an altogether new menace – or die trying.READ MORE

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[Tribeca '13] 'Mr. Jones' Goes For A Swim In Anchor Bay

Karl Mueller (writer of Xavier Gens’ The Divide) makes his directorial debut with Mr. Jones, a midnight selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. And Anchor Bay has swooped in early – the film premieres tomorrow – to acquire all North American rights for the film! Bay’s Kevin Kasha states, “This is a unique and original film that will keep horror fans guessing throughout. Ross has once again demonstrated his talent and passion for producing genre films.

In the film, “Scott and Penny just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. Their only neighbor for miles is a strange hermit who only comes out at night, under the shroud of darkness. As Scott and Penny get deeper into his world, they start to suspect that this man is actually an infamous artist known only as “Mr. Jones,” and they’ve stumbled across an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to document his bizarre existence.

But this is only the beginning. When Scott and Penny delve too deeply into Mr. Jones’ existence, everything around them turns in on itself, and their only escape is through the realm of their own nightmares…

Head inside for a better look! READ MORE

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[Tribeca '13] Daughter Gets A Handy Surprise In Exclusive 'Fresh Meat' Clip!

Another look at a film playing this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Danny Mulheron directs Fresh Meat, about “A dysfunctional gang of criminals invade the home of a middle class Maori family and take them hostage. But this seemingly normal family has a deep, dark secret and when the fugitives discover the home abattoir, the tables are turned and the hunters become the hunted. There’s fresh meat for dinner (washed down with a nice Chianti of course).

I haven’t seen the film yet but I really love the comic timing in this clip. “In this scene, Margaret and Hemi Crane explain to their daughter Rina – who has been away at college – about their “wee lifestyle change.”

Temuera Morrison Hanna Tevita and Kate Elliott star.

Check out the clip inside! READ MORE